EDUCATION

Jul 28 05:16

Whistleblower wins at Supreme Court, but loses pay.

Edward Lane's Supreme Court victory in a landmark whistleblower case doesn't change the fact he lost his state job and more than half his income while helping convict a state legislator of getting paid for not working.

Lane said other state employees warned him there would be a price to pay for telling the truth about an influential legislator, and for him, that price is more than $50,000 annually. Despite his victory at the Supreme Court, he's still fighting to get his old job back.

"It's the principle of the thing. They know they did me wrong," Lane said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Lane was hired in September 2006 to direct a program based at Central Alabama Community College that helped troubled youths get their lives back in order and obtain a high school equivalency degree.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/07/27/5717404/whistleblower-wins-at-supr...

Jul 27 15:28

Former KGB Agent Yuri Bezmenov Explains How to Brainwash a Nation

This amazing interview was done back in 1985 with Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent who was trained in subversion techniques. He explains the 4 basic steps to socially engineering entire generations into thinking and behaving the way those in power want them to. It’s shocking because our nation has been transformed in the exact same way, and followed the exact same steps.

Jul 26 12:36

Strategic Relocation Briefing: The Makings Of Some Good Retreat Country

I have included this area as the southernmost anchor of my expanded recommended Western Relocation Zone. Purists complain that this area is too close to Phoenix and even Southern California to be safe, but that reasoning cuts both ways. Compared to the other choices, it’s a great compromise.

It is precisely because it is so difficult to get from Southern California and Phoenix to the safer areas farther north in Utah, Idaho and Western Colorado that northern Arizona provides a key solution to avoiding those choke points.

Jul 26 10:22

U.S. Government Invests in Robot Personal Trainers for Children

Nicholas West
Activist Post

In loco parentis (in the place of a parent) - the legal charge given to educators when you hand over your children to school - might take on a strange new meaning. A 5-year, multi-university project is being led by Yale and includes researchers from MIT, Stanford and the University of Southern California; it is funded to the tune of $10 million by the National Science Foundation, which has fallen under the umbrella of the federal BRAIN neuroscience initiative...

Jul 26 08:38

Government Outlawing School Bake Sales? Just Say NO!

The push back is not about students’ taste buds, but their wallets. Food fundraisers are a crucial source of revenue for schools, state education officials say. “Tough economic times have translated into fewer resources and these fundraisers allow our schools to raise a considerable amount of money for very worthwhile education programs,” the Georgia Department of Education wrote in a recent press release. “While we are concerned about the obesity epidemic, limiting food-and-beverage fundraisers at schools and school-related events is not the solution to solving it.” The statement called the federal guidelines on fundraisers “an absolute overreach of the federal government.”

Jul 25 09:52

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories -- religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

Jul 25 09:48

What America Can Learn From Finland's Remarkable Educational Success

Imagine high school without valedictorians, cramming for tests or hours of homework each night.

That's what school is like in Finland, which has one of the highest-ranked education systems in the world. It's one of the top five ranked by Pearson, an education and publishing company. Although its rank in the OECD's PISA dropped in 2013, it has consistently ranked among the top in the survey since 2000.

Meanwhile, the U.S. system, with all its Harvard hopefuls and AP class students, tested average.

Jul 23 13:37

CREEPY : Feds to ‘Deploy’ Robot Companions for Children in Schools, Homes…

The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits.

Jul 23 10:01

Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion from Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of “government living within its means,” is a farce. All austerity means is taking money away from public services, and giving it to private business. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Jul 22 17:19

Israeli Professor: Rape Palestinian Sisters and Mothers To Stop Terrorism

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As bombs rain down upon Gaza and Israeli troops march forward with tanks and bulldozers, a recent radio interview conducted on Israeli radio is drawing some criticism from across the world as well as in Israel.

Although the interview was conducted nearly three weeks ago, shortly after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found after being kidnapped and murdered, Dr. Mordechai Kedar stated that the only way to force “terrorists” to think twice about their actions is the threat of the rape of their sisters and mothers...

Jul 20 17:12

Teacher disciplined because her students’ scores are too high

An East Rockaway teacher has accused the school district of ousting her from the classroom because her students’ strong performance on standardized tests has backfired. Voula Coyle, a veteran fourth grade teacher at Rhame Avenue School, said her strong teaching skills have dragged down her school’s state rating.

Jul 20 15:16

Competition corrupts minds and actions

Graham Peebles examines the harmful impact of competition on the individual and society, and argues that for social harmony and justice to prevail, cooperation and sharing must replace competition.

Jul 18 18:13

Elizabeth Warren says student loan debate ‘boils down to three words: billionaires or students’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) framed the student loan debate as a choice of either “billionaires or students” Wednesday morning, and urged a gathering of youth to confront lawmakers who she says have chosen the former.

Jul 17 07:06

Students Offered Grants if they Tweet Pro-Israeli Propaganda

This article was published in August 2013, but it is even more relevant today, as the world witnesses more attacks on Gaza and an important propaganda operation from Israel.

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Jul 15 18:20

Reporter Stopped by TSA Agent who didn’t Know District of Columbia is in U.S.

[Justin] Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know what the District of Columbia was when Gray arrived at the security checkpoint over the weekend.

Drink Brawndo!

Jul 15 07:58

District’s ‘critical thinking’ assignment led at least 50 students to conclude Holocaust never occurred

An eighth-grade English assignment that was meant to develop students’ critical thinking skills has, instead, created some 50 new Holocaust deniers.

In May, Rialto Unified School District leaders came under intense criticism after it was revealed the district’s roughly 2,000 eighth-grade students were given an in-class essay assignment in which they were asked to consider if the Holocaust was “an actual historical event” or if it might have been “a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”concentration camp

Students were directed to “research” the issue and take a position on it, supporting their conclusion with “textual evidence” – printouts of information culled from three websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial site.

When news of the assignment broke, Rialto Unified school officials attempted to soothe angry community members by stating that none of the students actually argued that the Holocaust did not occur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"At the insistence of AIPAC, critical thinking will no longer be taught to American children. In fact we plan to lobotomize most of them so that they will have no choice but to believe what we tell them to believe ... for their own good, of course!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 14 06:49

Fake Degrees And Commercialisation Of Universities

Internet advertisements blatantly offer fake degrees. We are not talking about bog-standard pieces of paper, but of ones that are ‘authentic and very realistic looking … from colleges and universities worldwide’, which will give you ‘that extra edge’, and come with ‘authentic seals from the college or university of your choice’. The ‘instant graduate’ can also get a ‘cover letter from the college or university you will have graduated from.’

Jul 12 16:44

Jewish Student (nominated as a statewide regent) Under Investigation at University of California

Received Donation After Promising Pro-Israel Allegiance

Jul 11 14:19

Adult Illegal Immigrants Posing as Children To Enroll in High School

Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass.

Jul 11 08:30

Facebook is spying on your mom, your relationships and your political views

Facebook is spying on your mom, your relationships and your political views

Jul 11 07:56

Price for American dream: $130,000 a year

No idea is more central to Americans’ outlook than the American dream — the belief that with hard work and the freedom to pursue your destiny, you can achieve success and provide better opportunities for your children.

But the financial crisis, housing bust and Great Recession have caused more of us to worry that the American dream is out of reach.

“For the vast majority of Americans, there is a sense that achieving the American dream is becoming more difficult,” wrote Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl and Kirk A. Foster in a new book, “Chasing the American Dream.”

Jul 09 17:33

FREE Intro Class - Design Your Home Foodscape

Have you heard of 'permaculture' yet? It comes to us from Australia, a combination of 'permanent' and 'culture', and it's all about designing by nature's patterns.

So, you'd like to start growing your own edibles, but don't know where to start? Here's your chance--whether you just want to design your own garden, or eventually wish to do so for others--this is where it begins! Please join us at Sol Terra in Old Palm Harbor this Saturday(7/12)!...

Jul 09 14:53

Teacher outrage stalls Bill Gates' Common Core push

(Truthstream Media.com)
Americans on all sides have rejected Common Core and expressed resentment for the role of the Gates Foundation in forcing it upon the already declining education system.
Opposition to Common Core has gained such momentum on all sides of the debate, and for various reasons, that major outlets are now telling Bill Gates to butt out of education, and instead go home with his billions.

Salon's Michael Mazenko wrote that "Bill Gates needs to drop his Common Core obsession" because he is 'catching hell on all sides.' What was a year ago only flack has now festered and erupted to the point that the Gates Foundation is being forced to backpedal and concede to opposition:

Jul 09 11:34

DARPA Awards $40 Million to UCLA, University of Pennsylvania to Develop Memory Implants

DARPA has awarded $40 million towards memory restoration technologies aimed at helping military service people cope with brain injuries. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that the new Restoring Active Memory (RAM) will help design and “develop wireless, fully implantable neural-interface medical devices that can serve as ‘neuroprosthetics’”

Jul 09 09:54

Rhode Island May Use DNA to Track Students; Federal Bill Passes House

Currently, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 mandates collecting blood samples from every newborn by heel prick. Labs then screen the samples for diseases. While many states allow for discarding the samples at that point, this bill would collect each newborn’s DNA in federal databases for subsequent medical research and, in one state, tracking its owners’ education progress.

Jul 09 06:31

"Holocaust Survivor" warns concerned schoolkids: Iran must be stopped

An alleged "holocaust survivor" named Norbert Bikales who goes around New Jersey speaking to schoolkids has warned them that Iran must not acquire nuclear power. In the past it was "nuclear weapons" that the zionists alleged Iran was making, but they appear to now have eased the requirements of preemptive war to merely "nuclear power" when acquired by potential enemies.

The Central Jersey Register-News reports: BORDENTOWN: Middle school hosts Holocaust survivor:

"When asked if there is anything going on in the world today that looks like a holocaust could happen again, Mr. Bikales said, “We need to take a serious look at the nuclear power that Iran may have. The world powers need to stop Iran from gaining nuclear power and using it."

Many schools across the United States indoctrinate their schoolkids with grossly exagerated and unsubstanciated fables of the holohoax.

Jul 08 15:44

An Alarming Number of Americans Can’t Name First Amendment Freedoms

The United States of America was founded on basic principles that continue to govern today’s society. Among them are our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of… some other things that most Americans can’t recall.

Jul 08 13:55

Indiana Storing Blood & DNA of 2 Million Children Without Parents’ Consent

Xavier, Lincoln, Theo and millions of other Indiana children all have something in common: the state of Indiana is storing their blood and DNA in an undisclosed state warehouse.

Jul 08 12:55

Child Allowed To Stab Syria Soldier As Woman Hammers Head

These are the ‘people’ that Obama wants to give $500 million dollars to. They make children stab tied up soldiers, and beat them to death. The young man had no chance to defend himself.

Jul 08 12:53

ISIL-ISIS and It’s So Called Caliphate: Israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq

The following GRTV documentary looks at the crisis in Iraq, which is being used to divide Iraq, and examines the support that the US and Israel are providing for the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its so-called self-declared caliphate. The documentary also looks at how the crisis in Iraq is tied to the long war of the US aimed at controlling at Eurasia. It also looks at the past analyses of Michel Chossudovsky and the video’s producer, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, about this long war.

Jul 08 08:58

Use of force in classrooms betrays vulnerable students

When their behavior causes too much trouble, students are sometimes pinned to the ground, tied up or locked inside a cell by an adult, supposedly for their own good. What schools call restraint is in many cases just brute force masked as social control. And according to rights advocates, it is the system that is out of control.

Jul 08 05:22

Brilliant anti-Common Core Speech by Dr. Duke Pesta

The chilling truth behind these new national educational "standards" will terrify you. Common Core represents the latest and most comprehensive step in the drive toward complete government control of our children's education. Join us for a special presentation exposing the truth about Common Core and the ongoing struggle to roll back its implementation. Our speaker will provide examples of how Common Core threatens to further undermine, weaken, and centralize public and private education in our country.

Speaker Bio -- Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University.

Jul 07 11:49

Boy, 5, Faces ‘Sexual Misconduct’ for Pulling Pants Down at Playground

An Arizona mother is furious after she says her 5-year-old son was unfairly accused of sexual misconduct. Five-year-old Eric Lopez allegedly pulled his pants down on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School in Arizona last spring, AZFamily.com reported. The boy was forced to sign a note admitting to “sexual misconduct” and accepting a punishment before his mother was notified of the problem, she claims.

Jul 07 11:13

We’re in Trouble Folks: People Would Rather Electrocute Themselves Than Think For 15 Minutes

A shocking (pun intended) new study provides salvo for those who argue that the attention span of the general population is slowly eroding away to non-existence, finding that people would rather self administer electric shocks than just sit in an empty room thinking for fifteen minutes.

Jul 07 09:53

University offers female students extra credit for not shaving their armpits

Female students at an Arizona university have been offered the chance to earn extra credit by not shaving their armpit hair for a whole semester.

The unconventional offer was made by women and gender studies professor Breanne Fahs as a way to get her students to challenge social norms.

Male students on the Arizona State University course are also able to apply for extra credit, but to qualify they have to shave all their hair from the neck down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course such curriculum will prepare these kids to find high paying jobs with which to repay their student loans. :)

Jul 06 06:55

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....as long as it does not interfere with their education", MY ASTROLABE!!

A 10 year old kid who is doing hard physical labor will be exhausted by the time they get to school, may not be able to pay attention in class, and may well get thrown out of school, because they cannot focus, and are irritable.

But hey, Bolivian corporations got precisely what they wanted from this bill, and will be doing the happy dance henceforward; child labor is back, baby!! And back with a vengeance in Bolivia.

Jul 04 11:53

The Tiny Dot

Jul 02 09:25

Free speech banned: Student group sues 4 US universities that ‘stifle dissent’

Arguing that free speech is suffering at colleges across the US, an advocacy group filed lawsuits against four universities, seeking to strengthen the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has filed lawsuits against four schools – Iowa State University, Ohio University, Chicago University and Citrus College in Glendora, California – that it says disrupt the flow of free speech in a number of ways, including the banning of particular T-shirts, for example, or by refusing to permit certain speakers address the student body on controversial issues.

According to the group’s estimate, about 60 percent of public universities and colleges have restrictions on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Jul 02 07:51

Starting Today Interest On New Student Loans Rises By 20%

While the new quarter has started with a bang for the capital markets and those 1% who actually benefit from one after another record high courtesy of the Fed's "fairy dust", July 1 is an important date for another group of Americans: students. However, instead of more wealth, America's aspiring intelligentsia has something far less pleasant to look forward to, namely more debt, because today is when higher interest rates for education loans kick in. Starting July 1 all new loans for the 2013/2014 student year will increase from 3.86% to 4.66%, a 20% increase.

Jun 26 10:08

Facebook - BC voters supporting BC teachers and public education

It is critically important that everyone in BC understands this. The BC Liberals have demanded an "out clause" in an employment contract with the BCTF, a clause that would allow the government to ignore any future court rulings and rip up a contract affected by such rulings. This means two things for our democracy. 1. Collective bargaining, ruled a basic democratic right by the Supreme Court of Canada, would no longer be a right in BC, as its results could be torn up by government should it wish to do so. 2. The rule of law would no longer apply in BC, as the government would no longer be subject to court rulings. If you believe that demanding such a clause from the BCTF is anti-democratic and outrageous, please contact your MLA and the government. The rights of every citizen, not just of teachers, are at risk.

Jun 24 13:46

It Takes Mark Cuban Less Than 90 Seconds to Outline His Dire Prediction About the Student Loan Crisis

It is “inevitable” that the student loan bubble is going to burst sometime in the future, resulting in a “repeat of what we saw in the housing market,” according to billionaire Mark Cuban.

Jun 18 07:28

The Next Obama Debt Bomb About To Implode

A 517% increase in student debt in the last five years. Can there be any doubt this shocking imbalance in the cost of college education was not planned? Read on to learn of the stunning, and insidious numbers that reflect yet another war on America orchestrated by an administration determined to push the entire nation over the brink…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Reserve system is a pyramid structure. Because all currency is loaned into circulation at interest, the system creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt.

The only way to keep the system solvent is to constantly find new borrowers which allows the creation of new money, part of which is then used to pay the interest on the old money. But the total aggregate debt will continue to outgrow the total available money supply.

We have reached a point where the bankers and the government are trying to find new ways to force people deeper into debt to keep the Ponzi scheme going, and the college students have become the latest victims of this scam, brought into debt-slavery by cutting off financial support for higher education and raising the cost of college much higher than can be explained by the rate of inflation. This forces the kids into debt to get their diplomas.

The problem is that we have reached a stage where people are being forced to borrow money, and loans handed out willy-nilly, without any regard for whether those loans can actually be paid back. Sooner or later, the rates of defaults on all these imposed loans will overtake the creation of new money from new loans and the pyramid will collapse, as all pyramids have done throughout history.

Jun 12 07:20

Mother of seven found dead in jail cell serving time for children’s truancy

Eileen DiNino, a 55-year-old mother of seven from Reading, Pennsylvania, was found dead in her cell on Saturday. She was in the midst of a 48-hour jail sentence that was meant to erase her $2,000 debt, which had built up since 1999 by her sons' truancy from a vocational school, according to the Associated Press.

Police said the cause of death has yet to be determined, but the tragedy has already infuriated much of the community and the judge who sent DiNino to the Berks County jail.

“Did something happen? Was she scared to death?” said District Judge Dean Patton, who told reporters that he has been unable to sleep in the wake of her death yet had no other option under the law than to impose the sentence.

Jun 11 09:20

Cafeteria Worker Throws Out Student's Lunch Because He's 26 Cents Short

A father is blasting his young son's school after a cafeteria worker at Kent, Washington's Mill Creek Middle School threw away the kid's lunch because he was 26 cents short.

"He gets up to the front and they say there's not enough in his account, so they take his food, and in front of him, throw it away," Jimmie Keys, the boy's father, told Komo News.

Jun 11 08:54

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

A northwest Indiana Republican has backtracked on outrageous comments he made on Facebook about poor people.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat, said during a social media discussion on poverty that “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

“The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”

However, Johnston told the newspaper he didn’t advocate the end to programs such as welfare or food stamps.

“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston said. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Mr. Johnson, given the current state of the American body politic, the voters are absolutely NOT in charge; it is the major corporations which fund election cycles which are in charge.

By the time elections happen at the state or national level, all candidates have been thoroughly vetted by the major corporations, to make sure that they will deliver legislation which is favorable to them, first and foremost.

And as to those people on welfare who should "get a job", just what jobs are available for them, when college graduates are now earning minimum wage at discount big box stores, because the decently paying jobs have been offshored/outsourced, courtesy of those major corporations which fund election cycles?!?

Mr. Johnson, I am waiting for an intelligent answer on this, sir!!

Jun 11 07:27

California Judge Rules Tenure Laws Violate Student Rights to an Education

A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states.

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